Injured Eagles guard Shawn Andrews is in Los Angeles today seeing another back specialist.
Andrews will visit with Dr. Robert Watkins, who operated on Tra Thomas' lower back in November 2005. Watkins will be the fourth specialist whom Andrews has seen.
“We want to make sure we get a clear read on this thing and see if we can’t find a solution,” coach Andy Reid said during his day-after news conference.
Reid said the injury had not continued to progress. Asked if Andrews might have to be put on IR, Reid said: "Rick [Burkholder] and I are going to try to exhaust every means to see what the problem is."
Andrews has not played since getting injured against Dallas in Week 2. Max Jean-Gilles has filled in and suffered a shoulder strain yesterday against San Francisco but returned to the game.
In other Eagles injury news: Lito Sheppard has a hamstring strain, Tra Thomas has a foot strain, Reggie Brown has a strained groin and J.R. Reed has ankle and hamstring strains. Brian Westbrook is “making progress” with his injured ribs and Kevin Curtis also is improving with his sports hernia. Curtis has not played this season.
Reid indicated most of the injured players other than Andrews should be ready to play after the bye week.
The Eagles head into the bye at 3-3 and host Atlanta on Oct. 26. The Birds are 9-0 in the game after the bye under Reid. Reid has given the team off until next Monday.
“We need to establish more consistency on both sides of the football and also the special teams,” Reid said. “ Try to eliminate some of the highs and lows here … You have to find a way to keep away from the lows that we have had -- doing a better job in the red zone offensively is a factor, be more consistent on the defensive side with stopping the run.”
Asked if the Eagles might do anything in advane of tomorrow's NFL trading deadline, Reid said: "We’re keeping our eyes open on some things. We’ll see how things work out here. We’re looking and communicating on a couple of things." He declined to mention any specific positions.